Complaint Review: Adoption Network Law Center - Laguna Beach California
- Adoption Network Law Center 32932 Pacific Coast Highway #200 Laguna Beach, California U.S.A.
- Phone: 800-4556055
- Category: Adoption Agency
Adoption Network Law Center is an adoption facilitating company, parading themself as an agency to unsuspecting birthparents. While reading their Better Business Bureau report, you will see that many adoptive families are upset with their services. However, I would like to make it known that their treatment of birthparents is no better. I cannot state if it is worse, but it certainly is not better!
Specifically in my case, I was mislead as to what birthparent assistance was available in my state. When I asked why I was told something that was obviously far from the truth, they responded that they did not know. My response was that if they were a nationally based law center, dealing with all states, they should know the laws. It constituted huge negligence on their part, but I continued on with their services.
I was not told, prior to placement, that open adoptions were not enforceable in my state. When I found out this information post-placement, I was asked "where I got this information" and that the woman (Kathy Howard) didn't know about such a thing. I was blatantly lied to when I caught them in a very unethical omission!
Due to their lack of concern for me as a birthparent, I was forced to sign relinquishment papers twice, again due to their lack of knowledge of anything involving my state or case.
Months later, when I realized that I needed post-placement counseling, I was offered no help until I threatened the company with my lawyer. Only then was I given one name. Their promises of post-placement counseling were empty.
All in all, it was a very disheartening experience. It breaks my heart that women who aren't as strong as I am are going to be emotionally broken by their complete disrespect for birthmothers. It is unfortunate that they will do nothing to change their ways.
New Concord, Ohio
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